It’s been 30 years since it was last applied to a new car in Australia, but the Ford Capri name has returned – though, this time, it’s applied to an electric SUV and not a coupe. The slinkier – and curiously sedan-like – sibling to the European electric Explorer, the Capri is built on Volkswagen Group underpinnings and will be offered in various forms with up to 627km of range (WLTP). Ford Australia is yet to confirm if the Capri – or its Explorer sibling – will be headed Down Under.

Ford Capri

“Bringing back a legend as revered as the Ford Capri is a big deal.” said Jon Williams, General Manager of Ford Blue and Model E, Europe.

“We’re excited that the new all-electric Capri is ready to bring some swagger to the world of EVs and introduce a whole new generation of drivers to the spirit of a cult classic.”

Ford Capri

Based on the same ‘MEB’ platform as cars like the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4, the Ford Capri will be available with two drivetrains: either a 77kWh battery paired with a 210kW/545Nm rear electric motor or a 79kWh all-wheel drive version making 250kW/680Nm. The rear-wheel drive Capri hits 100km/h in 6.4 seconds, while its claimed WLTP range is 627km – the all-wheel drive version lowers that to 5.3 seconds and 592km respectively. Ford claims a peak 10 – 80 per cent charging time of 28 minutes at up to 135kW in the RWD Capri or the same at 26 minutes at up to 185kW in the AWD model.

Measuring 4,634mm long, 1,872mm wide, 1,626mm tall and riding on a 2,767mm long wheelbase, the new Ford Capri offers up to 572-litres of bootspace with the seats up and up to 1,510L with them folded. Those dimensions make the Capri 94mm shorter, 1mm wider and 3mm taller than the slightly larger Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. The new Capri weighs 2,190kg (kerb) in its heaviest form.

Ford Capri

Compared with its Explorer sibling, the Ford Capri has a completely different sloping rear roofline, different front and rear styling, sportier wheels and lighting units. Wheels in 19-, 20- and 21-inches in size are available, while there are nods to the original European Capri in the four-eye headlight design.

Inside the Capri is a very similar design to the Explorer, with a huge 14.6-inch portrait touchscreen with Ford’s Sync Move infotainment software that can tilt to reveal 17L of storage, a 5.0-inch digital driver’s display and a B&O soundbar on the dashboard. Differences to the Explorer include single-piece sports seats and unique styling elements on the steering wheel.

Ford Capri

In Europe, there will be two Capri variants offered: Capri and Capri Premium. Standard equipment on the Capri includes 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic all-LED exterior lighting, rain-sensing wipers, a 12-way electric driver’s seat with massaging and memory functionality, connected navigation, heated and auto-folding mirrors with Capri puddle lamps, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless phone charger and a full suite of active safety equipment, including front and rear auto braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, auto high beam, safe exit assist, parking sensors and a reversing camera.

The upper-spec Capri Premium adds larger 20-inch wheels, Matrix adaptive high beam, a hands-free tailgate, a 10-speaker B & O sound system and adjustable ambient lighting. A Driver Assist Pack with a 360-degree camera, automatic parking, active lane centring, a head-up display and assisted lane changing, as well as a glass roof, more ergonomic front seats and a heat pump will be optional.

Ford Australia is yet to confirm if the Capri is headed for local sales. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

About The Author

Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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